The Immigration Minister defended the Government’s immigration policy when appearing before a Select Committee, saying he had no interest in devastating industry. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Refusing to go quietly, the departing Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has fired a broadside at the Government about the plight of New Zealand’s birds, calling for a tourist levy to pay for their protection and continued use of 1080 poison. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Tourism is now our biggest industry, but the sector continues to be stigmatised as unattractive and lowly-paid. So why are we not moving towards a more value-added approach like some of our other big earners?
There were shades of red in the keystone of National’s Budget – a family package aimed at those on the lowest incomes. But is it a symptom of a Government really trying to help the bottom rung, or simply an election sweetener?
As expected, the centrepiece of this year’s Budget is a family package. Shane Cowlishaw explores where the money will be spent.
Working for Families has been tweaked in recent years in ways that squeezed inflation-adjusted incomes and increased marginal tax rates. Shane Cowlishaw examines whether the policy is failing and if it could be given a boost in the Budget.
Corrections are trying to track down a prisoner to return her to jail after she was mistakenly released by prison staff.
Trainee teacher programme Teach First NZ was the big winner in the government’s pre-Budget education announcement. Shane Cowlishaw explores whether the new funding will have a tangible effect in solving the teacher shortage.